The Cleveland Browns received a fifth-round pick in the trade that sent linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots.
They have the same ability to maneuver in the 2016 draft.
When Jimmy Haslam made the most recent front office and coaching staff overhaul, he kept emphasizing he wanted “smart” people. Snickers soon followed when the Browns added Harvard guys.
Smarts, though, do not come from a diploma or place of education. They come from how one’s talents are applied.
This regime has taken an approach to build through the draft. It has committed to it and it has stuck to it. It seems at this early point to have drafted well in 2016.
The Browns will try to win as many games as they can this season, but building this way may take time. The more picks the Browns acquire, and the better they use them, the sooner the turnaround — in theory at least. Looking back and calling traded picks a failure is easy; looking ahead to sort out the plan may matter more.
Trading Mingo to add another pick to the pile was a smart move given the plan in place.
While that doesn’t yet mean that Siemian will be the team’s starter when the Broncos open the season Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers, he will get the last best look with the starters before coach Gary Kubiak makes the call.
“Trevor will start the game this week,” Kubiak said Monday. “They’re all going to play, and the biggest thing I have to take a look at, too, is how I’m going to play our starters as far as how I get the rotation going. … It’s down to the nitty-gritty here. … I’m going to make a decision next week, and we’re going to go to work.”
Kubiak didn’t say whether Mark Sanchez or rookie Paxton Lynch would follow Siemian into the lineup against the Rams on Saturday, but he added he was still considering how long the starters would play in the game. In the past, Broncos starters have played into the third quarter of the third preseason game.
It would be significant if Lynch was the second quarterback into the game against the Rams. It is expected that Kubiak will give the exact order after Siemian later in the week.
Siemian was also getting treatment on his right shoulder Monday after falling hard trying to tackle San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, who returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown this past weekend. That throw, as it turned out, was Siemian’s only mistake, as he finished 10-of-14 for 75 yards and was 10-of-11 passing at one point.
Siemian also led the offense on a 10-play, 86-yard touchdown drive to open the game. His body of work was enough for Kubiak to give Siemian the start.
“I think Trevor did a good job the other night. Obviously he has one play he’d like to have back, or it probably would, it would have, been as good as it could be,” Kubiak said. “So, I’m going to go back and give him a chance to do that again.”